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The solution to North African violence – dialogue and encounter, Pope says

Mar 2, 2015 - 05:33 pm .- Pope Francis on Monday encouraged the bishops from northern Africa to dialogue with and encounter other groups, fostering hope for good relations between Muslims and Christians in the region.

Pope Francis explains why judging yourself is a Christian virtue

Mar 2, 2015 - 11:06 am .- The capacity of all men to commit the most despicable of sins should inspire the self-awareness necessary to accept God's mercy and move forward in the Christian life, Pope Francis said.

The message of Jesus at the Transfiguration: Listen and follow, Pope says

Mar 1, 2015 - 10:50 am .- The Transfiguration reveals the glory of Christ and demands a response of listening to and following Jesus, Pope Francis said in his Sunday Angelus address March 1.   

Pope puts family at the center of social justice

Feb 28, 2015 - 02:00 pm .- In an audience with the Confederazione Cooperative Italiane (confederation of Italian co-operatives) Pope Francis called for the “globalization of solidarity” which places the dignity of persons and families at the center of social justice.

The Pope who became a pilgrim: Benedict's resignation remembered

Feb 28, 2015 - 10:30 am .- Two years after his historic resignation from the papacy, Benedict XVI's presence continues to be felt by those around him as he keeps his promise to remain in quiet and prayerful service to the Church and the world.

Will there be an ecology department at the Roman Curia after reform?

Feb 28, 2015 - 06:08 am .- An upcoming presentation of a Vatican-sponsored Pan-Amazonia Network may shed light on how a possible curial office for human ecology would work, if curial reform is shaped as it was presented at the Feb. 12 consistory.

The Pope's Lent retreat: Bucking tradition or just being his Jesuit self?

Feb 27, 2015 - 04:24 pm .- While Pope Francis has altered the custom of his predecessors by leaving the Vatican for his yearly Lenten retreat, one priest tells CNA the pontiff is merely being true to his Jesuit roots.

Willy's Story - the homeless man buried in the Vatican

Feb 27, 2015 - 03:08 pm .- Everyone in the neighborhood outside the Vatican knew Willy Herteleer.

Pope Francis back from Ariccia with new seeds planted

Feb 27, 2015 - 06:15 am .- After a weeklong spiritual retreat outside of Rome, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the priest who led the reflections, saying that although it’s not easy to preach to priests, seeds have been planted.

Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250

Feb 26, 2015 - 07:13 am .- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross.

Ancient Roman pilgrimage revs-up spiritual aspect of Lent

Feb 25, 2015 - 03:46 pm .- For pilgrims in Rome, Ash Wednesday marked not only the start of the Church’s Lenten season, but also a traditional Lenten pilgrimage that helps offer a more spiritual outlook on the journey toward Easter.  

Vatican: Pope's 'Mexicanization' comment not intended to offend

Feb 25, 2015 - 11:02 am .- The Vatican on Wednesday issued a statement clarifying a private comment made by Pope Francis to a friend warning that his native Argentina was in danger of a “Mexicanization” by drug traffickers.

Vatican retirees needn't worry for their pensions

Feb 25, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Thanks to a two-year increase to retirement age and other financial interventions, the Vatican's pension fund is consistent and the the funding ratio of the pension fund is 95 percent, the Holy See stated Feb. 20.

Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

Feb 24, 2015 - 06:34 am .- With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response.

Swiss Guard: We are ready to defend Pope from ISIS

Feb 24, 2015 - 02:17 am .- The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes.

A brief history of spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia

Feb 24, 2015 - 12:08 am .- By gathering the members of the Roman Curia for Lenten spiritual exercises this week, Pope Francis is participating in a tradition that stretches back more than 80 years, to the pontificate of Pius XI.

Mystic, monk and poet – meet the newest Doctor of the Church

Feb 23, 2015 - 04:37 pm .- St. Gregory of Narek – a tenth century priest, monk, mystic, and poet beloved among Armenian Christians – has become the first Armenian to be named a Doctor of the Church.

Pope and Curia begin annual Lenten retreat

Feb 22, 2015 - 01:49 pm .- Pope Francis and members of the Curia set out from Rome on Sunday afternoon to begin their annual Lenten retreat.

To follow Christ, we must confront life's deserts, Pope says

Feb 22, 2015 - 10:22 am .- The 40 days of Lent are a reminder that we face spiritual deserts, and we must confront them with courage and the aid of Scripture, Pope Francis said during his weekly Angelus address.

If you are in organized crime, you are not a Christian, Pope says

Feb 21, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- You cannot call yourself a true believer if you participate in organized crime, Pope Francis told members of the Cassano all’Jonio diocese in Italy on Saturday.

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